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Our Women on the Ground: Essays by Arab Women Reporting from the Arab World Cover Image
By Zahra Hankir (Editor), Christiane Amanpour (Foreword by)
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143133414
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Published: Penguin Books - August 6th, 2019

A fearlessly honest and fascinating collection of essays from some of the bravest journalists in the world: the Arab women writers who defy cultural expectations and put their lives on the line to report the stories from a rapidly changing Middle East. Full of hope, loss, despair, and unexpected bursts of humor, this is a timely reminder of the necessity of real journalism and the power stories have to change the world.


Review by Sarah

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Little Labors Cover Image
$13.95
ISBN: 9780811222969
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Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - March 26th, 2019

This is a book that can be read in one sitting, slowly devoured over multiple sessions, or opened periodically at a random essay to find some bizarre, whimsical, yet realistic and refreshing gem. Somehow this book manages to feel both sacred and sacrilegious, making for a beautiful marriage of the two. Perfect for mothers, the mother-adjacent, or anyone fascinated by the strange world of children. 


Review by Ashley

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The Souls of Yellow Folk: Essays Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9780393241747
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - November 13th, 2018

This collection of previously published essays establishes Wesley Yang as one of the great cultured observers of these times. Absolutely one of the best collections of the year. 


Review by Kalani

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Being a Beast: Adventures Across the Species Divide Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781250132215
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Published: Picador - July 3rd, 2017

The premise is as misleading as it is wacky; but beneath the surface, this series of philosophical essays represents nature writing of the highest order: probing, intellectual, alert, funny, and astonishing. His tone is blithe, his style loose and poetic. He doesn't write sentences so much as created little idea nests. 

 

It's  not for everyone - just someone a little eccentric, and full of wonder.


Review by Zak

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Devotion (Why I Write) Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780300218626
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Published: Yale University Press - September 12th, 2017

As part of the Why I Write lecture series, the legendary New York musician and author shares a short but engaging story she wrote while traveling by train. The story itself is book ended by the different authors of the past, as well as the current surroundings that inspire her writing (including a personal visit to the room where Camus wrote.) A minute but moving must for any fan of Smith's writing.


Review by Sarah C.

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Upstream: Selected Essays Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781594206702
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Published: Penguin Press - October 11th, 2016

"Teach the children...stand them in the stream, head them upstream, rejoice as they learn to love this green space they live in, its sticks and leaves and then the silent, beautiful blossoms. Attention is the beginning of devotion." Mary Oliver is the only writer that makes me second-guess killing any rogue spider that comes near me, because her reverence for nature is more than mere observation - her writing becomes a spiritual experience in these essays.


Review by Sarah C.

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White Sands: Experiences from the Outside World Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781101970126
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Published: Vintage - May 30th, 2017

Like a Romantic Larry David, Geoff Dyer travels from Tahiti to the Arctic Circle, meeting humiliation and disappointment on his quest for the Sublime.


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Hotel (Object Lessons) Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781628924732
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Published: Bloomsbury Academic - September 24th, 2015

Part-treatise, part-memoir of a troubled marriage, what begins as a philosophical exploration of the nature and purpose of hotels takes in home, love, marital politics, madness and the Marx Brothers in a witty and insightful stream of associations.


Review by Stephen